William Daniell
The Long-ships Light House, off the Lands End, Cornwall date not known

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William Daniell 1769–1837
The Long-ships Light House, off the Lands End, Cornwall
Date Date not known
Medium Aquatint on paper
Dimensions Image: 162 x 241 mm
Acquisition Presented by Tate Gallery Publications 1979
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This is a print from William Daniell’s A Voyage Round Great Britain, published in eight volumes between 1814 and 1825. This took the reader on an illustrated tour around the coast of Britain, starting at Lands End.

The lighthouse at Longship had been built in 1795. The text accompanying this print emphasised the engineering feat of raising the lighthouse, and the bleakness of the lighthouse keeper’s life: ‘If this lighthouse were a prison for criminals, and prison their punishment, we should find it difficult to conceive a crime black enough to justify the cruelty of permitting them to live.’

August 2004

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